Text Messages Show That GOP Rep. Ron Johnson Tried To Give Mike Pence Fake Electors on Jan 6, 2021

Business Insider reported that the fraudulent slate of electors were from Michigan and Wisconsin — two Democratic Midwestern states that President Joe Biden had already secured.

Photo Credit: Republican Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) during a hearing to discuss election security and the 2020 election process on December 16, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Credit: Getty Images
Photo Credit: Republican Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) during a hearing to discuss election security and the 2020 election process on December 16, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Credit: Getty Images

The January 6 House committee presented evidence today that the office of Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) allegedly tried to present a slate of fake electors to Vice President Mike Pence on the afternoon of January 6, 2021, just prior to the riot at the Capitol.

The evidence came in the form of text messages between staffers for both Johnson and Pence. Sean Riley, Johnson’s chief of staff, sent a text at 12:32 pm on January 6, 2021, that read, “Johnson needs to hand something to VPOTUS please advise.” When prompted to disclose what the “something” was, Riley wrote, “Alternate slate of elector for MI and WI because archivist didn't receive them.” Pence’s staff explicitly rejected the overture, with legislative aide Chris Hodgson replying, “Do not give that to him.”

Alexa Henning, a spokesperson for Johnson, tweeted today that the senator “had no involvement in the creation of an alternate slate of electors and had no foreknowledge that it was going to be delivered to our office.” She added in a follow-up tweet, “The Vice President’s office said not to give it to him and we did not. There was no further action taken. End of story.”

Business Insider reported that the fraudulent slate of electors were from Michigan and Wisconsin — two Democratic Midwestern states that President Joe Biden had already secured.